2 3/4 cups water
1 medium carrot, grated
1 rib celery, chopped
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 (4.5-ounce) package Julienne Potatoes mix
3 cups milk
3/4 cup cubed cooked ham
1 tablespoon lemon juice or white wine
Grated Cheddar cheese for garnish, optional
Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish, optional


1. In a large saucepan combine water, carrot, celery, onion and dry potatoes from mix. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
2. Stir in milk and packet of sauce mix. Stir well, return mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in ham and lemon juice; heat through. Ladle soup into warm bowls and garnish with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped parsley or cilantro, if desired.

A packaged potato mix brings this hearty soup together quickly. Serve with hot biscuits and celery and carrot sticks.

Quick Cheesy Potato Chowder With Ham
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